'F.R.I.E.N.D.S', 'Grey's Anatomy' most binged shows in 2018


22 Dec 2018

Study shows 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S', 'Grey's Anatomy' most binged shows of 2018

Binging shows has become a habit now, be it with feel-good sitcoms that evoke nostalgia or straight up drama that we all love, or the intense shows that we simply cannot stop.

Years after F.R.I.E.N.D.S aired their final season, it still remains one of the most popular and beloved shows globally. Unsurprisingly, it also became 2018's most-binged show.

Read all about it here.

Study analysis

Data shows 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' was most binged in 2018

The study which found F.R.I.E.N.D.S to be the most-binged show was conducted by TV Time.

They analyzed 12 million registered users on their app, which allows tracking, voting for and commenting on television shows.

It reflected F.R.I.E.N.D.S having the highest binge sessions.

Notably, TV Time defines binging as 4 episodes within 24 hours and this study was conducted between January 1 and December 13.

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What were the other shows on the list?

Apart from F.R.I.E.N.D.S, the most binged shows of 2018 include Grey's Anatomy.

In third place is 13 Reasons Why followed by Le Casa de Papel and Riverdale.

In sixth place is Brooklyn Nine-Nine followed by The 100.

Orange is the New Black holds the eighth position while The Big Bang Theory landed in the ninth spot.

Pretty Little Liars landed in the tenth place.

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Why is 'F.R.I.E.N.D.S' still so popular?

Despite F.R.I.E.N.D.S last airing 14 years ago, it still enjoys enduring popularity.

This is probably because of its availability on Netflix. It would also explain why it is the most-binged show since Netflix actively encourages binging.

However, it is not just the streaming platform, but the feel-good sitcom evokes nostalgia and Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Joey, Monica, and Chandler make this show a timeless classic.


Can the data be trusted, though?

Although the data establishes F.R.I.E.N.D.S as 2018's most-binged show, thus proving its popularity, the data should be questioned too.

Firstly, the app does not passively track user binging methods and viewing data, the users report it themselves.

Further, there might be more popular shows on television now, the data does not accurately represent, as they cannot be binged since new episodes are released weekly.

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Is 'La Casa de Papel' a non English tv show?

Where can I watch the other shows?

What is 'Friends' about?

How much does 'Friends' binge share account for?

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Is 'La Casa de Papel' a non English tv show?

Asked 2018-12-22 19:01:23 by Rishika Malik

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, it is not originally in English, but Netflix has subtitles and an English dubbed version if I am not mistaken.

Where can I watch the other shows?

Asked 2018-12-22 19:01:23 by Diya Tambe

Answered by NewsBytes

All the shows on this list except Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Big Bang Theory can be viewed on Netflix. The former can be streamed on Hulu, while the latter is available on Hotstar.

What is 'Friends' about?

Asked 2018-12-22 19:01:23 by Rakesh Kapur

Answered by NewsBytes

Friends follows the story of a few 20-year-old people living in Manhattan as they try to figure out love and life. The show is marked by sharp humor and touching emotions that shape a friendship.

How much does 'Friends' binge share account for?

Asked 2018-12-22 19:01:23 by Aditya Nair

Answered by NewsBytes

The binge share from Friends, as reported by TV Time, shows it to be at 2.36%.

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